Nine houses at risk of landslide in the town of Usaquén

Image of the pole that fell on one of the houses in Usaquén.  Bogota Ombudsman
Image of the pole that fell on one of the houses in Usaquén. Bogota Ombudsman

They are nine houses those that are at risk of collapse in the Santa Cecilia neighborhood, in the town of Usaquén, after a landslide in race 2 A # 162 A that caused the fall of a light pole on one of the houses in the sector.

“Mayor @ClaudiaLopez The situation in Santa Cecilia, Usaquén is very worrying. There are at least 10 landslides that put people at risk. This one, in race 2A with 162A is in imminent collapse. It is urgent to avoid tragedy”, said the councilor for the Liberal Party, Samir Abisambra.


According to the inhabitants of the area, the emergency would be due to some arrangements of a tube made in the area by the Habitat Secretariatworks that would have caused the deterioration of the land.

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They obviously made the improvements, but honestly it was total chaos because that was also during the pandemic and they changed too many contractors and each one came with a different design”Angie Morales, a resident of the sector, commented to Citytv.

Given the situation, the Bogota Ombudsman reported that, since the morning of January 11, they have been monitoring the evacuation order issued by Idiger.

The Idiger recommended that the inhabitants of the nine houses at risk of collapse evacuate.
The Idiger recommended that the inhabitants of the nine houses at risk of collapse evacuate.

Through a statement, the District Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change (Idiger) reported that, indeed, in 2019 the Habitat Secretariat contracted the construction of nine neighborhood roads with the aim of improving the Santa Cecilia sector.

“After a year and a half of the delivery of the aforementioned work, it was learned that in the extreme south in the race 2 to #162 a-8 the road was carried out illegal construction of a concrete plate. Said plaque was made without authorization from the District and without previous land stabilization studieswhich would possibly be generating a displacement of the soil due to the loads generated in said area,” the entity indicated.

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Once the landslide was known, the Idiger assured that all alerts and preventive actions were adopted from the District to safeguard the lives of the inhabitants of the sector.

In this way, the entity recommended to the residents of the nine homes at risk evacuate the area. “The Idiger will continue promoting that the homes that are at risk carry out the evacuation and working with the Secretary of the Habitat to have an emergency offer,” said the Institute.

As for the light pole, the Bogotá energy company, In it, reported that the item has already been removed from public roads. “The works on the infrastructure were advanced to guarantee the continuity of the electric power service,” the District detailed.

In the next few hours, Idiger will issue the technical concept to determine the risk of the plate built in the sector, if it should be removed and what would be the effect that the land would have in the event of its removal.

Meanwhile, the Idiger communications office informed infobae that at this time work in the area is underway to make a consolidated statement of the emergency, including whether the families have already evacuated their homes.

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